The weekend has arrived. We’re expecting rather balmy weather in the low to mid 40s which, frankly, sounds downright summery at this point. If the word ‘melt’ were five letters, I’d use it as my initial Wordle guess every day.
Which makes me think there should be a 4 letter Wordle and a 6 letter Wordle every day. The New York Times could really expand their Wordle offerings with one or the other (or both). It’s a simple idea, but why not?
Of course, there is other Wordle-likes out there that you can play with to make your word weird. There is the ever-challenging blanketwhich makes you guess one word at a time while solving not one but four different words. It’s no walk in the park.
Blending what may be the most classic of all word games—the crossword puzzle—with Wordle is deftly done through Crossword puzzle. Here you have to guess two words that “cross”. This is a fun challenge and a little less frustrating than Quordle.
Finally, if you’re feeling both brave and cunning, go for it Semant for a spin. It’s by far the most challenging Wordle-like I’ve played. Guess any word and have as many guesses as you want. As you can guess, you’re basically playing “hotter/colder” with the score for each guess decreasing as you get hotter and increasing as you get colder, until you reach 1, which is the answer. So you can guess “basketball” and get 2,013 and then “probability” and get 550 and so on and so forth. Very, very difficult but also somewhat addictive.
In any case, we have a Wordle to solve!
How to solve today’s Wordle
The hint: Everyone does it.
The Clue: This word has many more consonants than vowels.
The answer (Spoilers):
My initial guess, ironically enough, was by far the most unlucky I’ve had in months. I was honestly hoping for that just so I could talk about how ironic it was lucky be this unlucky in this post. 1,084 guesses left after my opener. And yet the Wordle Bot with the magic word shale It also took four guesses to solve today’s Wordle. This means I leave with zero points (for guessing at 4 and tying the Bot) which is better than a negative!
child-meaning “child” or “baby” in Scots, which you’ll know if you’ve ever watched Foreign-it certainly helped beat the field, leaving me at just 20. I whittled that number down in short order wrong, which was—to be sure—wrong, but close enough that I only had one word to choose after, though it took me a while to come up with trend for the win.
I asked ChatGPT to break down the etymology of ‘trend’ and this is what it told me:
The word “trend” comes from the Old English word “trendan”, which meant “to turn, revolve”. Over time, the meaning of the word evolved to include the sense of “leaning in a certain direction,” as in the course of a ship or the opinion of a person.
The modern sense of “trend” as a general direction in which something is developing or changing arose in the 1920s and is often associated with the rise of fashion and consumer culture. The word comes from the Old Norse word ‘trenda’, meaning ‘to turn, to roll’ and is related to the Old English word ‘trendan’.
Today, “trend” is commonly used to describe patterns in popular culture such as fashion, music and social media, as well as wider social and economic changes.
I didn’t know any of that. . . . Thanks Chat Bot!
Play Competitive Wordle Against Me!
I have played a spontaneous PvP Wordle game against my enemy Wordle But. Now you have to play against me! I can be your enemy! (And your handy Wordle guide, of course).
Here are the rules:
- 1 point to get Wordle in 3 guesses.
- 2 points to get it in 2 guesses.
- 3 points to get it in 1 guess.
- 1 point for beating Eric
- 0 points to get it in 4 guesses.
- -1 point to get it in 5 guesses.
- -2 points to get it in 6 guesses.
- -3 points for the loss.
- -1 point for losing to Eric
Your best play would be a hole in 1 (3 points) and beat me (1 point) for a 4 total. Your worst would be to not guess the correct answer (-3 points) and lose to me (-1) point for a total of -4. However, these are extreme scores. Usually my worst is a -2 and my best a +2.
Have a great day my dear Wordlers!
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